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Old 12-06-2019, 09:47 AM   #181
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Put some snow meats on the car. They don't fit very well and rub too much, but I'm still dailying it. The tires are 215/55/17 Blizzaks, on 7" wide, et55 wheels with a 25mm adapter currently. However, I have new 20mm adapters on order.

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Old 12-06-2019, 11:17 AM   #182
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I don't know what it is but OEM mesh wheels look good no matter what. lol
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:41 AM   #183
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wow, thats super flush.
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Old 12-06-2019, 04:38 PM   #184
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Those look sexy!!! OEM mesh is always a good way to go!!
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:15 AM   #185
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Thanks guys. I love these wheels.

I snagged some 20mm adapters from 42 Draft Designs during the Black Friday sale and dang they are super nice as far as adapters go.

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Old 01-14-2020, 09:23 AM   #186
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Just did a bunch of maintenance on my car the weekend before last. Oil and filter, fuel filter, cabin filter, fresh stock engine mounts. I was going to put helper bags in the rear springs, but didn't get around to it. All of this, along with the hitch a while back, in preparation to make a return trip to Daytona for the Rolex 24 Hour.

Sadly, right after all that maintenance, I'm pretty sure my flywheel started rattling and making a bunch of noise. So, while I'm still daily driving the car, I'm not risking the flywheel fully failing somewhere in the middle of our 2000 mile round trip drive. Called an audible and found another vehicle to take and I'll further diagnose and **** with the flywheel after Daytona.

If it is 100% the flywheel, it'll probably get an uprated South Bend clutch, to future-proof it regarding power, and a fresh dual mass flywheel (these common rail TDIs have ****ty synchros that go bad with a single mass flywheel).
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:43 AM   #187
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Let me know how you like the South Bend. I know I'll need to eventually upgrade the OEM one and I was looking towards SB with the DMFW
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:12 PM   #188
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For sure. I was originally considering doing either the Sachs Race Engineering jobbie, the DIY HS Tuning RSR clutch (TTRS components), or the DKM twin disc, but I recently saw a really positive review on the South Bend on one of the TDI facebook groups and a link to KermaTDI's website. I actually hadn't seen the South Bend around anywhere until just the other day for whatever reason. And there really isn't a ton of discussion around of dual mass flywheel friendly clutches.
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:14 AM   #189
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Welp, back from Daytona and back to work, so sad. It was a wild trip; so fun to have three of my friends with me. We drove straight through the night both ways. We drank a ton of beer. My watch said I walked a bajillion miles. And we still didn't do and see everything. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Anyway, I sat at my friend's coffee shop yesterday and sorted through all of my pictures. Here's some of my favorites and an album link, if you're interested.
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Old 01-29-2020, 01:43 PM   #190
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Incredible pictures. I should do this at one time.
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Love the pics. Wish I had gone, weather looked amazing too!
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Man, I couldn't believe the weather! Such a 180 from last year and the rain, wind, and 30s*F temps. It was so beautiful the entire time.

Daytona is such a spectacle when you're there in person. Totally worth it, IMO.

I'm excited to get to some other races now. I'd love to do, maybe, Sebring next year and maybe Petit Le Mans. Watkins Glen is close by and would be really fun. My ultimate goal is to make it to Bathurst in the next five years.
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Old 01-30-2020, 12:30 PM   #193
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Man, I couldn't believe the weather! Such a 180 from last year and the rain, wind, and 30s*F temps. It was so beautiful the entire time.

Daytona is such a spectacle when you're there in person. Totally worth it, IMO.

I'm excited to get to some other races now. I'd love to do, maybe, Sebring next year and maybe Petit Le Mans. Watkins Glen is close by and would be really fun. My ultimate goal is to make it to Bathurst in the next five years.
I would love to make it to this race sometime. What not to love, florida in february and some awesome racing.

We used to go to Watkins Glen for Indy Cars and had a blast. Going for IMSA race would be cool. It's a beautiful track/area.
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Those shots look great! I love the clarity of the 6d at higher ISO.
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Thanks, haha. As a total amateur, I do love this camera. However, I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to the low light environment of trying to get those ferris wheel shots lol. I should probably look at the exif and see what other photographers were doing last weekend, haha.
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Thanks, haha. As a total amateur, I do love this camera. However, I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to the low light environment of trying to get those ferris wheel shots lol. I should probably look at the exif and see what other photographers were doing last weekend, haha.
Yeah, if only Shipman were still around these parts. I dove into photography a lot more over the past year before my Oregon trip (finally bought the 16-35mm L glass I had been dreaming of for a long time). I have no idea how to shoot low light, fast motion, though. You've gotta keep shutter speed way fast, and if you don't have a fast lens with ample aperture you have to make up for low light with ISO, which is never ideal. But the 6D is good enough in low light that there seems to be a wide range of compromise there!
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Ugh, yeah, I love Shipman's work.

Since my company is an utter **** show during all of this pandemic madness, Monday was my Good Friday holiday and yesterday was my 4th of July holiday, but that's neither here nor there.

However, I took the opportunity to throw some new dampers on the Jetta and went with Koni sports/yellows. It's been on lowering springs (Neuspeed sports I think) over factory dampers for about 60k miles; the car is at 82,500ish miles, currently. Holy crap. I can't believe the slop I was driving on before. It's not even the same car. I guess it's been longer than I thought since I've done a good suspension upgrade on a car because I forgot how dramatic the transformation is, lol. I set the adjustable damping according to an old recommendation from an autox guy on the VW forums and man it handles so good, even just on my commute to work today.
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Yeah, decent shocks and springs transform almost any car, especially OE stuff that was probably dead, lol
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No doubt, haha. It was long overdue.
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